The Radford Women’s Basketball team steamrolled the Lynchburg Hornets in a 72-49-blowout victory on Tuesday night at the Dedmon Center. Ayana Avery and Rachael Ross pulled most of the weight for Radford as they both recorded their second straight game with a double- double. And with the undefeated season still in tact, Avery and Ross had no plans of slowing down.
Junior guard Ayana Avery, who received Big South Player of the Week honors earlier in the day, continued her impressive start to the season by scoring 20 points on 7-14 shooting, 12 of which came from behind the arc. The guard also managed to collect 10 rebounds and dish out 5 assists in the Highlanders second consecutive win over a non-conference opponent. Avery’s four 3-point field goals on the night were enough to propel her into 7th place in program history in that category with 102 for her career.
“I think these are good wins for us” Avery said following the game Tuesday evening. “We just need to continue to work hard, push ourselves and continue to stay focused as we practice Wednesday and Thursday to prepare for Norfolk State on Friday.”
When asked about her Big South Player of the Week award she received earlier in the day, the junior shooting guard did not seem distracted by the honor. “This is just a little bit of motivation to keep working hard” Avery said. “Just got to continue to keep pushing my teammates, and my team will continue to push me. This is just some award, just a little extra motivation.”
Junior Jordynn Gaymon and Sophomore Rachael Ross also managed to leave their marks on the game with double-doubles of their own. Ross finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while the junior forward Gaymon chipped in with 10 points of her own as well as a career high 13 rebounds. The 56 total rebounds for the home team marked the first time 3 separate Highlanders recorded 10+ rebounds in the same game for the first time since 2009.
Shannon Allan led the Hornets with 20 points on the night, as Radford’s suffocating defense did not allow any other opposing players to finish with more than 8 points or 7 rebounds on the night.
The (2-0) Highlanders continue their undefeated season on Friday night at Norfolk State, starting off the first of their 6 straight game road swing.
Suffering the first defeat on the season after falling 54-66 to the Norfolk State Spartans on Friday night at Joseph Echols Hall, the Radford Women’s Basketball team was derailed from their perfect season hopes.
Rachel Gordon led the way for the Spartans with 16 points and 16 rebounds while Ebony Brown and Rae Corbo also chipped in offensively with 14 and 12 points respectively for Norfolk State. The trio recorded 42 of the Spartans 66 total points on the night.
The Highlanders struggled offensively all night long, shooting just 33 percent (22-66) from the floor. Ayana Avery and Breshara Gordon again led the team in scoring with 14 points each while Jordynn Gaymon led the team in rebounding for a second consecutive game with 10.
Radford’s offense, which has recorded 18 or more assists in their previous two games only managed to dish out 5 total assists against the Spartans, 11 less than Norfolk State’s total of 16.
The (2-1) Highlanders will attempt to bounce back on Sunday afternoon as they continue their 6 game road stint against Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.